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Vietnam food - Let hot dishes keep you warm on cold days

05/02/07 (GMT+7)

The cold weather often makes you hesitate to go out but never let it put off your idea of dining out at night when you are in Sa pa Lao Cai Vietnam and other provinces in northern Vietnam.

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Going out in the chilly evening will be a nice experience if you know where to go and what to eat. Eating local hot food specialties with friends during a holiday in northern Vietnam might be a good suggestion to take into consideration, as the dishes will somehow help keep your body warm.

One of the hot dishes that you should try is Thang Co, a popular, Vietnam traditional dish of the Mong people that can be found in Sapa Vietnam , Lao Cai City Vietnam and markets in northern Vietnam. It is quite likely that you would find the original Thang Co unappetizing due to its unfriendly smell and flavour. Knowing this, restaurateurs make some changes to suite the taste of both local and foreign tourists.

To make a tasty Thang Co, restaurant owners travel far to markets of minority peoples to find and buy ponies and grown-enough goats and bring them home. They get up in the wee hours the next day to slaughter the animals and then cut their meat, bones and intestines into pieces, making a stew of the mixture, which is served in a big hot-pot.

You will use chopsticks to pick and then dip the meat chops and intestines into a bowl of spicy sauce before eating. Thang Co soup can be eaten with bread, instant noodles, vegetables and herbs.

Because the dish is served in a big a soup pan ethnic people do not eat Thang Co alone. They usually sit around low tables on mats in restaurants and enjoy the dish with a drink of wine made from maize or other wines.

At markets of ethnic peoples like Bac Ha, Thang Co is a favourite of men; they like to gather around a fire and the big hot-pot to slurp Thang Co, chat and drink wine from morning till afternoon when the colourful markets are open. It is not recommended that tourists try the Thang Co at these markets. However, foreign tourists can enjoy Thang Co at Muong Khuong and other restaurants when they stay in Lao Cai Vietnam. Here locals also put sausages, meat, seafood and eggs on open stalls for visitors to choose for grilling over burning charcoal. The heat of burning charcoal together with the wine and friendly chat will keep you warm when dining out at night in Lao Cai Vietnam.

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(Source: SGT/ND)

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